Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

By Robert Creo and Selina Shultz (May 30, 2017, 5:10 PM EDT) -- Who am I?

For Denny Crane, the popular television lawyer played by William Shatner in ABC's "Boston Legal," that was an easy question. No matter what the situation, he was always Denny Crane — literally stamping every encounter with an announcement of his own name. Such is the luxury of fictional characters.

The rest of us struggle with the tensions of balancing our many identities. We are our demographics and vital stats. We are our ethnicity, race and nationality. We are our creed, vocation and moral compass. We are child, parent, spouse, friend. And every choice we make derives from the narrative...

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